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Lacrosse teams add Heat players to the mix
The Penticton Heat bantam and midget lacrosse players occupy eight spots on Thompson-Okanagan rosters in the B.C. Summer Games in Nanaimo starting Thursday.
Playing box lacrosse are Tavis Hamilton and Michael MacLean, while Beau Chetner, Colin Duffield, Travis Fehr, Graedon Freeman, Tranton Henson and Jayce Pidskalney are suiting up in field lacrosse.
MacLean is excited and honoured about the once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s an opportunity he didn’t think would happen, but the power forward with a scoring touch has worked hard.
“It’s been a great season,” said MacLean, a runner for the midget Heat. “We won the league and we are going to provincials in Campbell River.”
MacLean feels the Thompson-Okanagan zone has good players and can do well. Pidskalney said it’s going to be a great experience. The midget Heat runner is looking forward to meeting new people playing lacrosse and watching other sports.
“It’s going to be good to play against the other teams with the best from the Interior,” said Pidskalney. “It will be interesting to see the other teams’ different skills and styles of play.”
While at the games, Pidskalney hopes to improve his skills and gain experience from playing against the other teams and meet players that share his interest in lacrosse. Pidskalney is also keen to learn more about the other sports.
Pidskalney brings a winning attitude after helping the Heat win their zone in a season that saw the squad lose just once. He also had the opportunity to play for the Burnaby Mountain Selects and travel to Virginia to play at the Warrior National Cup.
Midget Heat coach Dan Van Os said it will be a great experience for the players.
“Seeing elite players will be a good test for them,” said Van Os. “The summer games brings the athletes together. It’s good for the social aspect to.”
Van Os added that playing with and against the best players will help improve the athletes’ skill and knowledge of the game.